Friday, September 13, 2013
I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and not knowing how much say I'll have in what I eat and what exercise I can do. Apparently my aunt is a very good cook!
I don't think I'm going to have internet access whilst I'm away, so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.
I'm due back on 4th October, although I'll probably be too jet lagged to check into Spark Land for a day or two.
'See you' in October then.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.
On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.
A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.
Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.
By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.
I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.
Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.
So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.
I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.
The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time.
Here are mine:
1. Enforced inactivity due to injury
Strategy: schedule other forms of exercise and be diligent in doing what I can
2. Used my high levels of exercise to excuse eating too much / the wrong things.
Strategy: continue to track carefully what I eat and remember what I've learned!
3. Not believing I can lose weight and becoming despondent when the scales don't do justice to my efforts.
Strategy: focus on what I HAVE managed to achieve and reward myself for sticking to my plan.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Well, I did it - I got through all eight weeks of the 5% Challenge and tracked my nutrition and exercise, amassed Live the Goodlife points for the team and tried to keep in touch with other team-mates and encourage them.
Did I lose 5% of my body weight? No.
Am I disappointed? Yes, of course.
And yet, I know I've made progress and I've had some health issues to deal with too. I've found that I spend too long Sparking, still don't get through all the Spark Stuff that I'd like to, and all with the result of not getting enough sleep.
I'm going to get there, though. I'm going to lose my excess weight - very, very slowly, it would seem, but I WILL do it.
For now, though, my immediate goal is to fit into the very special dress and jacket that I've got for my sister's wedding on 10th August. She's getting married in Coventry Cathedral(!) and I'm reading the lesson, so will have to go up to the front and everyone will be looking at me - help! So, I'm GOING to fit into that dress!!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Until now, my main goal has always been to lose weight. Whilst I still really want to do that, I have found that basing 'success' entirely on what the scale says is very demoralising and ultimately, unhelpful.
So, my goals for June are:
1. to get to bed earlier, so that I get at least 7, if not 8 hours sleep a night.
This is going to be a big challenge for me, but if I want it enough, I CAN do it!
2. to stay within my calorie range.
I know I won't achieve this every day, but I'm going to award myself a star on my fridge-door chart every time I manage to stay in range and when I've gained 7 stars I'm going to buy myself a bunch of flowers! I'll then have other rewards for gaining 14 and 20 stars. It might be childish but I don't care as long as it works!
3. to swim twice a week (as soon as my foot infection has cleared up)
I used to swim three times a week before work but I've got out of the habit since I broke my ankle and now I've got an infection that prevents me from swimming. It's going to be difficult getting back into the habit of going but I know I can do it if I'm determined to.
4. go to the gym once a week
I feel I really ought to go twice a week, but once a week would be a start, again having got out of the habit of late.
5. Keep up with my daily physio exercises to help my broken ankle regain mobility.
Physio exercises are boring so I won't do them unless I make it a definite goal.
There, that's my five goals for June. Thirty days. I'm going to make each one count!
Feel free to check up on me, particularly with regard to Goal 1! Accountability might be the extra motivation I need.
And now, I'd better get to bed!
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